These universal skills are helpful in nearly any job
When you are job-hunting, most of your focus is on your job skills and how they match the job posting. But did you know there are other “soft” skills that don’t appear on your resume? These may not be hard core job skills, but these “soft” skills are super important when it comes to being a great employee. Employers are looking for people with these skills who can grow with the organization. Check out five of these key job skills:
1. The ability to communicate well
In this globalized inter-connected world, good communication skills are more important than ever. Most jobs require a good deal of teamwork, where it’s important to know what other members of your department are doing. Communication can come in many forms: emails, instant messages, discussions, shared files, databases, electronic records, and more. Employees who can communicate information effectively are valued in the workplace.
2. Not afraid of technology
Technology is a part of nearly every job. Technology is one of the most rapidly changing fields, so you are not alone if you feel it’s hard to keep up. However, employers look to employees to stay up-to-date on technology. Don’t bury your head in the sand—instead, take the time to learn new technologies and be willing to adapt to new systems.
3. Proactive approach
Do you know the difference between being proactive and being reactive? Proactive is when you anticipate problems and try to solve them before they even become issues. Reactive is when you simply react to a problem once it’s already in full swing. Employers like employees who are always thinking of the next step and taking a proactive approach to their work.
4. Flexibility and adaptability
Change can be hard to accept, but it is a fact of life. Changes in the workplace are going to happen often throughout your career, and the more you can be flexible and adaptable in the face of change, the happier you will be on the job. Employers want employees with “can-do” attitudes who are comfortable with the changing nature of the workplace.
A positive outlook on your life and career can take you a long way. Positive people are people who make the most out of the available resources and promote a positive mindset in themselves and those around them. In general, most people don’t like to work with complainers. So wipe off that frown and try to put a positive spin on whatever is getting you down!
The five skills above are some great soft skills to learn. If you’re not an expert yet, don’t worry. These are lifelong skills that take time to develop. With a little effort and practice, you will be well on your way!
For more job-related advice try: Job Interview Tips for Today’s Job Seekers.
This article is courtesy of the Harris Casel Institute in Melbourne, Florida. We offer career training programs for nursing assistants, practical nurses, medical billing and coding specialists and more. Find out more here.